Curious - preferred nut slot spacing?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Bass Kahuna, May 30, 2003.

  1. Bass Kahuna

    Bass Kahuna

    Dec 3, 2002
    West Lafayette, Indiana
    Luthier, Custom Builder
    Hey Gang,

    I'm just curious here... of the two main types of nut slot spacing - centered and equidistant, which do you prefer, or maybe, which do you do more of? Or do you do a combination of the two?

    Here is an image of what I am referring to:


    I set my own basses up with equidistant, and the majority of basses and modifications I do use this type as well, but I am curious as to which you prefer and use most often.

  2. RobbieK


    Jun 14, 2003
    centred for me...
  3. FBB Custom

    FBB Custom TalkBass Pro Commercial User

    Jan 26, 2002
    Owner: FBB Bass Works
    I do equidistant. If you do "centered", you can find yourself a tool called the "proportional divider" and make your job a lot easier.
  4. Taylor Livingston

    Taylor Livingston Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    Louisiana, US
    Owner, Iron Ether Electronics
    Could somebody explain the difference for non-luthiers?
  5. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    It's explained pretty well in the 1st post:


    The distances are measured from the center of the strings. Since the thickness of the strings are not the same, the differences between the outer edges of the string will not be identical.

    equidistant: means "having the same distance (to each other)

    The distances are measured from the side of the strings, so the distances are identical naturally.

    IMO this isn't that important at the nut, it's more important at the bridge, it can really throw off your left hand if the distances are not the same between strings.